Don’t put blame on Blue Cross

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist There has recently been a great deal of consternation and concern over the rate increase enacted by Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBS). The company, a “mutual” firm legally obligated to re-invest any profits back into the company, had originally requested a 24.6 percent rate increase. Then, just as […]

Lemon laws no shield for unwise purchases

By Master Sgt. Jeannie Carroway: 27th SOW Judge Advocate Office Consumers should be made aware of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Quality Assurance Act or “Lemon Law” when purchasing new or used vehicles. Some of the consumer benefits from the law require the manufacturer or dealership of new purchases to repair all defects to the […]

Journalists would benefit from shield law

Freedom New Mexico When Congress returns from vacation in September, after the major-party conventions, the Senate would do well to take up what sponsors call the Free Flow of Information Act, which most people term a federal shield law for journalists. As the government has grown and become more secretive in the wake of the […]

Police week honors those behind the shield

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USAF photo: Beth Merchant Simulated “convicts” sit in jail after being “arrested” during the “Jail and Bail” at the Cannon Air Force Base Exchange May 15, one of the events held as part of National Police Week. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th SOW Public Affair CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 27th Special […]

It’s their business: Solar Shield, Inc.

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Solar Shield, located at 805 N. Norris St., supplies and installs aftermarket automotive equipment. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Solar Shield Inc. Location: 805 N. Norris St. What they do: Sell “everything” for the automotive aftermarket, including audio, video, suspension systems, restyling, custom and standard wheels and tires […]

Time right to turn in sources

By Steve Chapman The editor in chief of Time Inc. made news the other day by offering to do what most of us take for granted: Obey the law. It’s about time. Reporter Matthew Cooper has declined to testify in the federal probe of the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. But after the […]

Business Briefs 10/14

Watrin named new president Elizabeth A. “Liz” Watrin was recently appointed as president for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. Earlier this month, Watrin and other Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Mexico representatives met with key brokers, providers and community leaders in Clovis, discussing healthcare cost initiatives and significant legislative trends in the […]